Apple Releases Aperture 2.0

On Tuesday, February 12, Apple released Aperture 2.0, a major revision of the company’s professional photo editing and management program. According to Joe Schorr, Apple Senior Product Manger, the new software is faster, easier to use, and produces better images.

Over 100 new additions have been made to the program including the following:

  • Image adjustment controls such as Highlight Recovery, Definition, Vibrancy and Vignette.
  • Retouch tool with soft-edged brush to remove unwanted elements from photos.
  • Next-generation RAW image processing for highest-quality images.
  • Quick Preview mode for rapid-fire photo browsing.
  • Simplified user interface that maximizes screen space and provides direct access to your iPhoto library from within Aperture.
  • Integration with .Mac Web Gallery to instantly publish your photos, allowing visitors to view and download images.
  • Performance Improvements, including the optimized database for better searching and browsing, and Quick Previews that use available Jpegs instead of decoding the RAW file.
  • New Camera Support, featuring Canon G9, Canon EOS 1DS Mark lll, Nikon D300, Nikon D3, Hasselblad CF-22, Hasselblad CF-39, Leaf Aptus 75S, and the Sony Aloha DSLR-A700.

Aperture 2.0 is available immediately for $199.00.

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